Ontario government standing up for rural communities
Elgin-Middlesex-London, ON, November 15, 2018 - Ontario's Government of Ontario
is making life easier for people who live in rural communities and standing up for
The government is working with private gas distributors to expand natural gas service
to more rural communities to provide farms, businesses, and families with affordable,
Investments in broadband services to these communities and rural businesses will
help improve Internet connectivity and access so they can fully participate in the
"Our Government is making life better for the people of rural Ontario," said MPP
Jeff Yurek. "Whether it's improving access to affordable natural gas or faster Internet
service, our government wants to send a clear signal that rural Ontario is open
for business. People in the rural communities of my riding have made it clear that
their interests were not represented by the previous government and I am proud that
ours is finally standing up for them."
A new Agriculture Task Force will help inform the government on how to grow the
rural economy in Ontario and reduce the regulatory burden on the sector. The initiative
complements the government's commitment to reduce red tape by 25 per cent by 2022.
Various initiatives to date have been aimed at addressing outdated or duplicative
regulations affecting the agricultural sector.
"Our government will continue to stand up for farmers and farm workers in our supply-managed
sectors, particularly as the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is finalized," said
MPP Yurek. "We will continue to vigorously defend and advance Ontario's economic
interests in these discussions." Hydro rates are a top priority for the government
as it continues to find ways to reduce bills for ratepayers across the province,
including rural customers. To date, 758 expensive and unnecessary renewable energy
contracts have been cancelled, saving ratepayers $790 million. The government has
also reined in executive compensation at Hydro One.
The government is also introducing one of the most generous tax cuts for low-income
workers in a generation – the new Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit
(LIFT). Those who earn $30,000 or less would pay zero personal income tax on their
2019 tax returns. It represents up to $850 per person and up to $1,700 per couple
in savings. In all, 1.1 million people in Ontario will benefit from this tax relief
measure. Individual incomes just over $30,000 a year and family incomes over $60,000
a year will see graduated tax relief as well. This is another promise made, promise
kept by our Government.